Republicans Call for Halt to Syrian Refugee Program

Republicans Call for Halt to Syrian Refugee Program


By:  David M. Herszenhorn & Michael D. Shear
The New York Times


Seizing on the terrorist attacks in Paris, congressional Republicans on Tuesday demanded the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees in the United States, but along with Democrats, they continued to shy away from explicit authorization of military force to confront the Islamic State...

...A few Democrats, including Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, also indicated that the refugee program might need to be halted.

Over all, however, Democrats said robust screening measures were in place. “We should continue to accept refugees under the rigorous standards that have been set up,” Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey said.

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